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Man sparks panic after pretending to pull gun on fellow subway passengers

By Larry Celona, Georgett Roberts and Ruth Weissmann
January 11, 2020 | 3:48pm | Updated


An unidentified man pretended to have a gun on a subway train Saturday afternoon in Manhattan. Robert Miller


A straphanger pretending to have a gun sparked panic Saturday afternoon aboard a Manhattan subway train, police and witnesses told The Post.

The mayhem erupted when the unidentified man got into an argument with his girlfriend aboard a southbound D train near 103rd Street station on the Upper West Side at around 3 p.m.

As things escalated, he motioned as if he had a handgun, and pretended to point it at fellow passengers, according to sources and witnesses.

“Just sitting here on a stalled Sunday because someone is brandishing a gun at the end of our train,” one passenger on the train tweeted.

“I’m on the train right now that’s stuck on 103rd,” wrote Twitter user @lordRhumak. “Some guy claimed he had a gun on the train and they shut all of this s— down.”

One panicked straphanger pulled the train’s emergency cord, stopping it short of the station, the sources said.

“ I saw a woman running out of the train station. She was clearly having a panic attack. She was bawling, howling like she was at her child’s funeral,” said one witness who only gave his first name, Jonathan.

A man was arrested in connection to possible gunfire at the 103 Street station.Dan Herrick

Cops swarmed the scene, one witness said.

“I’m on the D train car 2517 and the train has been stuck here almost an hr they turned off the power and said someone in the back has a gun!” tweeted William B Johnson. “Everyone the cops are here in tactical gear and shields [are] we hostages???”

Cops arrested the man inside the station, and confirmed that he was not armed, police sources said.

The suspect was brought to the Transit District 3 station office, the sources said.

The scare snarled train service throughout Manhattan, as Southbound A, C, and D trains were held in the station while the NYPD investigated the situation, the MTA tweeted.

Regular service resumed around 5 p.m.
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